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Kim-Trump summit: Not all analysts are convinced over agreement

By Shubham

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed a "comprehensive" document at the end of their summit held in Singapore on Tuesday, June 12.

The text of the document was not revealed initially and it was said that Trump will discuss it in details during a press conference later in the day.

Kim-Trump summit: Not all analysts are convinced over agreement

However, inquisitive journalists still managed to get zoomed pictures of the document and tried to throw some initial lights on the content aimed at establishing peace in Korean Peninsula. Later, Reuters later had the full text of the agreement which was made public.

There are four main points in the agreement that Trump and Kim signed:

First, the two countries are committed to establish fresh relations honouring the desire of their respective people for the purpose of peace and security.

Secondly, the US and North Korea will carry out a joint effort to give way to lasting peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula region.

Thirdly, North Korea reaffirmed its support for the Punmunjeom Declaration of April 27 to work towards complete denuclearisation of the peninsula.

Not all analysts were impressed by the agreement's content, however. Robert Kelly, a political science professor at South Korea's Pusan University, thought the text was "thinner even than most skeptics anticipated" and said it looked "pretty generic", the Guardian reported.

Others questioned the absence of the missile issue or that of the nuclear-testing site or the way Trump would make "security guarantees" to North Korea, which the text also mentions, credible.

Finally, Washington and Pyongyang commit to recovering POW/MIA remains and immediately repatriate those who have been already identified.

The declaration also said that the US and North Korea commit to follow up under US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a high-level North Korean official at the earliest to implement the outcomes of Tuesday's summit.


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